Why Is Lighting Important For Aquariums?

At Caesar’s Tropical Fish, we take lighting very seriously, so we offer several lighting options. Why is lighting so important for aquariums? A lot of it has to do with health, to begin with, and it also has to do with showing off your fish.

Imagine if you could not get enough exposure to light. Your whole body would react — mentally, emotionally, physiologically, etc. — if you didn’t have light. To function properly, your body requires the natural rhythms of day and night.

Fish, plants, invertebrates, coral, and other aquarium dwellers all benefit from light, and here are some things to consider when choosing your aquarium light:

  • Get a light with a timer that allows for at least 12-hours of light per day.
  • Fluorescent lighting makes for happy fish, plus it shows off their colors well.
  • Incandescent lighting can cause the water in your tank to become hot, so be aware of that downside.
  • For a fish only tank, it is recommended that you have 3 watts of lighting for each gallon of water the tank holds.
  • If you’re planning a tank with plants, you need a tri-phosphor tube or full spectrum fluorescent bulb which will provide the full spectrum of light that plants require.
  • If you want to keep live coral or rocks you will need much more light.

Here are a few of the lights we carry in our store:

Kessil A150W Amazon Sun for $229.99

Kessil presents the 32W A150W LED Amazon Sun Light-an innovative, high quality, radiant light. Using Dense Matrix LED technology to emulate a point-like source, the A150W produces glitter lines that rival metal halides without the excess power consumption and heat of metal halides. The A150W Amazon Sun brings out the vivid colors of freshwater plants with the specially created spectrums of the A150W. While it is hard to compare the Kessil to 150 Watt metal halide lights, the 32 Watt Kessil has the same effective light spectrum for corals as a 150 Watt metal halide. This is partly due to the efficient use of electricity with LEDs, partly a function of higher percentage of the light being directed downward and partly because a very high percentage of the light spectrum with the Kessil A150W Amazon Sun is useful to corals. The A150W will result in thriving corals with lower electricity bills, less of a need for a chiller and no bulb replacement costs. The lightweight Kessil light, which weighs less than a pound, can be easily hung above the tank from with the two built in mounting tabs (that can be attached to a chain or other hanging mechanism), or can be clamped to the tank with the Gooseneck Clamp/Mount.

Kessil A350W Tuna Blue – Wide Angle for $399.99

A350 and A350W Tuna Blue LED lights represent a major advancement in aquarium lighting with the creation of tunable blue spectrum lighting that reveals vivid shimmering water and coral colors and saves on energy costs. Kessil’s illuminators use the latest high power Dense Matrix LED™ technology that delivers high-powered, vividly bright light with proprietary tunable blue spectrums specifically designed for salt water reef and fish only aquarium consumers. A350 and A350W feature an advanced vapor cooling thermal management system, 90W maximum power rating, and a uniquely designed spectrum combining Sky Blue and Deep Ocean Blue that can easily be adjusted by manually tuning two knobs, creating a spectral characteristic close to Kessil’s signature Ocean Blue spectrum, but much brighter.

Kessil A150W Sky Blue for $229.99

With its innovative design and high quality, radiant light, Kessil presents the A150W LED aquarium light. Using Dense Matrix LED™ technology to emulate a point-like source, A150W provides the shimmer effect of a metal halide without its excess power consumption and heat. Bring out the beauty of blue water and vivid colors of coral with the specially created spectrums of A150W.

As you can see, we carry the Kessil lighting products, as well as other lines. If you have any questions about lighting, ask one of our team members for help and we’ll help shine some light on the subject.

We invite you to come in, ask us your questions, spend some time browsing the store, and have us show you the many supplies we offer that could make your aquarium look terrific. We are located at 1648 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and are open 7 days a week. See you soon!

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